Taupo Historic GP

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thgp_facebook_profile_picThe Taupo Historic GP commemorates the 50th anniversary of Denny Hulme’s world title with the first ever visit to NZ of Formula One cars from the 1960s and ‘70s.

The 2017 Taupo Historic GP will feature:

– Pre-1978 Formula One Cars, all but three of them from Europe, the USA and Australia; and

– Formula 5000 Cars (1968-1976). Some 8-10 cars from the USA and Australia are expected to join the local field of 20-25 cars.  This means that we may witness some of the biggest F5000 grids ever seen, even in the 1970s – see www.f5000.co.nz for details.

The F1s and F5000s will combine for a revival of the Race of Champions that was held annually at Brands Hatch from 1965 to 1979.  Bruce McLaren won the race in one of his F1 cars in 1968.  A Formula 5000 beat the F1s only once (Peter Gethin in 1973) and the Chevron B24 driven by Gethin to that historic victory is expected to be entered in the Race of Champions Revival by current owner, Englishman Greg Thornton.